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Nepo Laulala of the All Blacks runs through drills during a training session ahead of the Rugby World Cup quarter-final against Ireland. Photo: Hannah Peters/Getty Images

The All Blacks were in typically secure and relaxed mode for their Tuesday media day, while giving little or nothing away. Unless Steve Hansen is hold(...)

Ireland’s Joey Carbery with Josh Van der Flier, Niall Scannell, Luke McGrath and Robbie Henshaw in the game against Samoa in Fukuoka City on Saturday. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

And so it has come to pass, as has seemed both inevitable and a tad daunting, for the last two weeks. If this Ireland are to boldly go where no Irish (...)

Ireland fullback Jordan Larmour  runs with at Samoa’s Alapati Leiua during the Rugby World Cup  Group A game at the Hakatanomori Stadium in Fukuoka. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images

Ireland 47 Samoa 5 This was timely and reassuring. Save for a few minutes after the double whammy of Samoa’s try and Bundee Aki’s sending off, this b(...)

Bundee Aki tackles Samoa’s Ulupano Seuteni, for which he was later sent off. Photograph: Hiroshi Yamamura/EPA

Derek Hegarty, a solicitor and Partner in William Fry’s law firm, will represent Bundee Aki in the player’s impending disciplinary hearing after being(...)

Samoa perform the Siva Tau before their 38-19 defeat to Japan. Photograph: Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP/Getty

The final fixtures of the 2019 Rugby World Cup pool stages approach (well, those that have survived) – and Ireland’s fate is yet to be decided. Headi(...)

 Johnny  Sexton kicking through to set up Peter O’Mahony for  Ireland’s second try against Russia in Kobe City. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland’s utter reliance on Johnny Sexton is a conundrum for 2020. It is Andy Farrell’s problem ahead of next season’s Six Nations. Right now, right h(...)

Ireland defence coach Andy Farrell speaks to the media at the Grand Hyatt Fukuoka. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

It started out as a relatively standard press conference. Ireland have, supposedly, a full squad to select from and need to go full tilt at Samoa in t(...)

Jordi Murphy goes off injured during Ireland’s win over Russia. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Plans are afoot to move the Ireland versus Samoa match from Fukuoka - to an undisclosed location - should Typhoon Hagibis hit Kyushu Island. The sout(...)

“Samoa were really physical against Scotland the other night but the points came in the last 12 minutes because the Samoan boys were out on their feet.” Photograph:  Craig Mercer/MB Media/ Getty Images

Guaranteed as Kobe beef: the Munster-heavy Irish pack will shed bucket loads of lean meat at the Misaki Stadium. Ex-pats chewing tenderloin outdoors (...)

Johnny Sexton kicks at goal during Wednesday’s Captain’s Run at the  Kobe Misaki Stadium in Japan. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland v Russia Venue: Kobe Stadium. Kick-off: 7.15pm local time/11.15am Irish time. On TV: Live on Eir and RTÉ (ROI) and ITV (NI) and live radio (...)

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